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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Gary Tonon (ranked 73 p4p, 10 weight class) and Teemu Karjalainen (ranked 592 p4p, 70 weight class). Tonon comes to the cage accompanied by What About Now. Karjalainen is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by Poisonblack - Sun Shines Black. Teemu Karjalainen told me before the fight that he's been watching a lot of DVDs so let's see if that helps him in this one! I can't wait to find out!

174 cm
33
158 lbs
24 - 16 - 0
171 cm
31
163 lbs
19 - 11 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
World class boxer
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Dangerous knees
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 24 wins, 16 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Gary Tonon!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 11 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Teemu Karjalainen!
The judges for this bout are Dillan Fox, Robert Douchet and William Peck.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Tonon looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
Karjalainen raises up his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.
Karjalainen scoring well with a low kick there.
Good leg kick by Karjalainen there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.

Tonon moves into range and clinches up with Karjalainen.
Tonon lands an uppercut.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Karjalainen misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Karjalainen tries to throw a body punch but Tonon avoids it by throwing Karjalainen back against the cage.
Tonon is trying to pull guard but Karjalainen has him pressed against the cage.
Tonon fails to pull guard.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Gary Tonon. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Tonon drags the fight down to the ground.
Karjalainen sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Karjalainen is continuing to stall.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Let's hope that Karjalainen has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
Tonon seems to have improved his submission grappling technique since last time we saw him. Let's see if he can pull off a submission.
Karjalainen trying to control the position from guard on top but Tonon is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Karjalainen not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.
Karjalainen trying to control the position from guard on top but Tonon is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.

Tonon has taken the fight to the clinch.
Tonon blocks an elbow strike from Karjalainen.
Karjalainen doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Karjalainen tries a body shot but Tonon blocks it.
Karjalainen lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Karjalainen tries to throw a body punch but Tonon avoids it by throwing Karjalainen back against the cage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tonon is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Karjalainen to keep the fight standing.
Karjalainen misses with the head strike.

Tonon manages to pull guard. Let's see whether he can land a sub off his back.
Tonon looking for a sweep. Not yet Tonon, not yet.
Tonon can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Karjalainen controls the pace.
Karjalainen wants to pass the guard but Tonon is keeping the position.
Tonon looking for a sweep. Not yet Tonon, not yet.
Karjalainen trying to control the position from guard on top but Tonon is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Karjalainen controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Karjalainen is looking to advance position but Tonon has hit a scissor sweep - now he's on top in mount!

Tonon postures up and cracks his opponent a couple of times before moving back into close ground control. Karjalainen looks a forlorn figure.
Tonon in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
Tonon controlling the position easily from mount.
Tonon working the ground and pound effectively.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Karjalainen is looking to improve his position but Tonon isn't that keen on the idea.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Gary Tonon dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


A combination from Karjalainen does no damage.
Tonon tries to counter with a takedown but Karjalainen is quick to defend against it.
Karjalainen throws a quick inside leg kick.
Tonon looks for a takedown but Karjalainen sprawls well.
Teemu Karjalainen seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Karjalainen misses with a double jab.
Tonon takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Karjalainen dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Tonon. That did some damage!

Tonon closes the distance and clinches.
Tonon is trying to pull guard but Karjalainen has him pressed against the cage.

Tonon has picked Karjalainen up - he's going for a ride! Tonon dumps his opponent to the mat with a thud and settles into half guard.
Gary Tonon overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Tonon is keen to just control but Karjalainen is a slippery customer.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Karjalainen is concentrating on defense, preventing Tonon from advancing position.
Tonon has freed up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Tonon postures up and cracks his opponent a couple of times before moving back into close ground control. Karjalainen looks a forlorn figure.
Karjalainen can't escape the position.
Tonon controlling the position easily from mount.
Karjalainen is trying to escape the mount.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Karjalainen tries to hold on but Tonon pushes him away.
Tonon in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
Tonon throwing strikes but Karjalainen bucks up and reverses the position. He's now in guard on top.
Karjalainen wants to control from the top but Tonon keeps moving.
Karjalainen chips away with some ground and pound.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Karjalainen trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Tonon can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Karjalainen controls the pace.
Karjalainen advances position into side control!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tonon manages to work his way to half guard, despite Karjalainen's best efforts.
Tonon wants to get back to full guard but Karjalainen has passed into side control.
Karjalainen content to control the pace. The referee will try and keep them active though.
Karjalainen wants to control but Tonon is keeping him busy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Karjalainen might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Tonon haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Tonon is looking for a sweep.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Teemu Karjalainen will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!



Tonon has managed to clinch.
Tonon is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Karjalainen is defending well.
Tonon is trying to pull guard but Karjalainen turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
Tonon is trying to pull guard but Karjalainen turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Gary Tonon. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Karjalainen escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
That kick from Karjalainen tenderised Tonon's leg. Tonon is trying to keep his angry face on.
Karjalainen fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Karjalainen thows a leg kick but Tonon checks it
and Tonon counters with a one-two to the body.
Tonon moves in looking to clinch but Karjalainen pushes him off.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Karjalainen throws a chopping leg kick but Tonon manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Tonon attempts a counter takedown but Karjalainen avoids it well and moves away.
Tonon fails with an attempt to clinch.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Tonon throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Karjalainen was covering up waiting for the punch and Tonon finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Tonon trying to control the position from guard on top but Karjalainen is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Karjalainen tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Karjalainen controls Tonon momentarily but Tonon frees himself.
Tonon pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Karjalainen is keeping the position for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Karjalainen pulls Tonon in close to his closed guard and prevents Tonon from doing any damage or advancing position.
Tonon wants to pass the guard but Karjalainen is keeping the position.
Karjalainen throws some sloppy strikes off his back.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Gary Tonon is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Tonon tries to clinch but Karjalainen moves out of range.
Tonon wants to clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tonon fails to land the takedown.
Teemu Karjalainen is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Tonon dives in for a single leg takedown but Karjalainen sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Tonon shoots in for a takedown but Karjalainen shows good takedown defense.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Karjalainen lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Tonon has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Tonon and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Karjalainen, right into the meat.
Karjalainen turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Tonon takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Karjalainen is looking to chop away at Tonon's legs.
Tonon seem to be loading up, looking for a big counter.
Tonon shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Karjalainen sprawls well. Karjalainen wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Tonon gets slowly back to his feet.
Karjalainen throws a sloppy head kick and Tonon moves out of range easily.
Tonon shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Karjalainen looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Tonon moves in looking to clinch but Karjalainen pushes him off.

And that's the end of the fight!
Teemu Karjalainen comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Karjalainen has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Dillan Fox scores the fight 28:29
Judge Robert Douchet scores the fight 28:29
Judge William Peck scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Teemu Karjalainen!

A victorious Teemu Karjalainen thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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